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August 11, 2016  Puntarenas, Herradura, Costa Rica  RSS
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The Flames played their final exhibition on Thursday before taking a stroll through the Costa Rican countryside. Below are some highlights from the day, as well as some photos and a video recap.

Liberty vs. Brock University
Caleb Homesley looked impressive in this one, pacing the Flames with 22 points and six rebounds. The sophomore shot nearly 82 percent from the field (9-of-11), knocking down 3-of-4 three-pointers. Homesley's efficient effort guided Liberty to a 71-59 victory.

Along with Homesley, freshman forward Brock Gardner chipped in 11 tallies, followed by Myo Baxter-Bell, who had 10. Gardner also had three steals, while Baxter-Bell was 4-of-6 from the field. Collectively, the Flames shot 47.5 percent from the field.

Liberty jumped out to a 7-0 lead, thanks in part to a Gardner three-pointer. The Badgers countered by outscoring the Flames, 16-6, in the remainder of the first quarter to hold a three-point advantage.

Homesley helped Liberty regain the lead in the second with a traditional three-point play. The Indian Trail, N.C., native created even more distance minutes later following a trey. Homelsey's offensive surge trickled down to the rest of the team, as the Flames took a 34-23 lead in the locker room at halftime.

The Badgers closed the gap in the third to make it an 8-point game (47-39). With the contest in single digits during much of the fourth, Homesley and Gardner were instrumental in giving the Flames some insurance. After a fast break one-handed jam by Gardner, Homesley quickly stole the ball off the ensuing inbound and laid it in for two more. It was academic at that point, as Liberty held on to finish 2-1 in exhibition play.

Journey to Los Suenos
With a second straight victory under their belt, the Flames travelled 60 miles southwest to Puntarenas, Herradura, Costa Rica. Before arriving at the Los Suenos Marriott Golf & Ocean Resort, the team stopped for lunch at El Jardin. After eating a buffet style meal, the players made sure to stop by the gift shop for some souvenirs. The ice cream parlor across from the restaurant was also a popular spot.

The countryside of Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful. As mentioned yesterday, most of the country's population (about 70 percent) live within the Central Valley. As a result, the rain forests and other natural wonders are preserved.

The drop in elevation is pretty significant, as Herradura is close to sea level. Despite the short distance, temperatures are now in the 90s as opposed to the mild 70s of San Jose.

On the way to Los Suenos, the Flames stopped at what's known as Crocodile Bridge. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the crocs were hiding out in the river rather than resting on the bank. The crocodiles, which grow around 80 feet long, are often fed by locals, even though this is illegal. As the bus passed over the bridge, the crocodiles could be seen poking out of the river. The original plan was to stop and see the crocs (but not feed them), however, the rain put a damper on the idea.

Los Suenos is a beautiful resort located near the beach. The Flames arrived shortly after 4 p.m. and are now enjoying some rest and relaxation after three games in three days.

Looking Ahead
The Flames will head out for a zip line tour tomorrow for their final full day in Costa Rica. The adventure should make for some great footage for our LFSN crew. Until then, adios!